Fifteenth Sunday (C)


Fifteenth Sunday (C)

Mass Readings: 108 – 111

Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60

The rhetorical form of Book of Deuteronomy is that of a farewell address uttered by Moses at the end of his life, prior to the Israelites entering in to the Promised Land. The authors words are meant to reassure the Jewish people that God has not abandoned them. The Lord’s words are not too mysterious and remote, rather it is very near to you.

We begin today a four week of readings from the letter to the Colossians. Like Galatian community, Colossae was also experiencing difficulty due to individuals who were spreading opinions contrary to authentic Christian faith. He writes to correct those views and to urge the community to remain faithful to the teaching they had received. The first issue that is addressed is Christ’s sovereignty over  all the angels and other powers of the universe. Our reading today is the text of an early hymn, no doubt used here to bolster the point regarding the absolute superiority of Christ over every cosmic power. It concludes with recognition of the blood of his cross as the instrument through which Christ achieved reconciliation and peace.

Jesus’ commandment to love God and neighbour appears in Luke’s Gospel as an answer given by a questioning lawyer who wished to know the way to eternal life. In Mark and Mathew it is Jesus himself who answers a question by giving the commandment. it is clear that the two fold command of love is at core of Jesus’  teaching. Luke uses Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem as the setting for this and other instructions on meaning of discipleship serves to underline the importance of this teaching. In the parable of Good Samaritan, Jesus invites his hearers to take love of neighbour to an entirely new level by a surprising suggestion as to how inclusive must be our sense of who qualifies as our neighbour.

Sunday Teas:

This Sunday’s teas will be served by the UCM.

Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the French Speaking Prayer Group.

Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.

Last Sunday’s Collections:  The 1st collection was £415.26p +  £221.05p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £636.31p. The 2nd collection for Parish Funds was £156.47p. Thank you for your generosity.

Today’s 2nd collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS).

The 2nd Collection today will be for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), which is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide. They provide practical & pastoral care to all seafarers regardless of nationality or belief. Port chaplains & volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare service and advice, practical help, care & friendship. The Aos in Great Britain is part of an international network known in the maritime world as Stella Maris, working in more than 250 ports around the world. 90% of world trade is transported by ship, and the life of modern seafarers can be dangerous & lonely, sometimes spending up to a year away from home & loved ones. The AoS relies wholly on voluntary contributions, and can only continue its work through the generous donations of its supporters, particularly this collection.    

Blessed Sacrament: We will continue to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm until further notice.

RCIA: The classes for those who wish to become Catholics will begin in September. So if you are an adult who would like to become a Catholic or are a  baptised Catholic who has not received First Holy Communion or Confirmation or if you are baptised in another church and would like to become a Catholic then please fill in an RCIA application form (forms available in the narthex) and give it to one of the clergy.

Confirmation 2020: Please complete an application form if you wish to be confirmed in 2020. The forms (red) are in the Narthex. Confirmation classes will be starting very soon.

Annual Parish Pilgrimage: St Mary’s Shrine at West Grinstead and afternoon in Worthing. Date: Saturday 28th September 2019. Cost: £25 this includes a £5 donation to the Church.  Bookings will be taken each weekend from Saturday13th July after mass, during July.

Please note: Theo Howard (from the Centre of Catholic Formation) will be here this weekend to talk about Evangelisation.

Archbishop John Wilson: The new Archbishop John Wilson will be installed as the 11th Archbishop of the Southwark diocese on the 25th July at 11am.

Summer Camps: Please see the notice board for details of children’s Summer Camps.

The Passage: Please support the excellent work which The Passage does for homeless people in Central London, by attending The Passage annual Garden Party in the beautiful and historic College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 18th July, from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Tickets at £45 each, include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite

Or from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL. Tel: 020 75921856. Email: It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the Abbey. All proceeds in aid of The Passage.

Helpers of God’s Precious Infants: On Saturday 20th July The Rt Rev Thomas McMahon Emeritus Bishop of Brentwood will be leading our Helpers of God’s Precious Infants peaceful, prayerful procession and vigil to reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. Please come along and support our Bishop Emeritus in his courageous witness for life. The vigil will start at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB. We begin with 9.00am Mass, then begin our Rosary Procession at 9.45am to Marie Stopes  abortion centre, 88 Russell Road, IG9 5QB, where we pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approx.12.00 to the church, for refreshments at 12.30pm. For full details contact tel. 01727 763832 or e-mail

Poetry in the Park: If you like poetry why not join Penge Poets on Friday July 26, at 7.00pm, for Poetry in the Park? Assemble in Alexandra Recreation Ground near the new orchard area opposite the Bowls Club. A gazebo will mark the spot. Nature poems will be read and awards given to the winners of our recent poetry competition. Soft drinks and nibbles will be available. You are invited to read your own poems. The event ends at 9.00pm. Poetry in the Park celebrates London becoming a National Park City. If it rains the event will take place in the Bowls Club.

Music in the Park: The Friends annual music event takes place on Sunday July 28 at 3.00pm in Alexandra Recreation Ground. Beckenham Concert Band will provide live music. There will be a raffle, soft drinks and food available for purchase. Bring a folding chair and/or rug and make an afternoon of it! The event ends at 5.00pm. If it rains the event will take place in Holy Trinity Hall, Lennard Road.

Please pray for the sick of the Parish: John Barry, Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (14th July—21st July 2019)  (Year: C)

Sunday                            14th     FIFTEENTH SUNDAY (C)

         <Sea Sunday>

(Saturday) …. 6:00pm




  Peter Gorman  RIP

People of the Parish

Olga & Lancelot Trype  RIP

Jimmy O’Neill  RIP

Monday                            15th     St Bonaventure
     9:30am   Peter Gorman  RIP
Tuesday                           16th     Our Lady of Mount Carmel




  Bella D’Souza (Thanksgiving)

Fr Fredrick Poupard

Wednesday                      17th     Feria
  9:30am   Michael J Healy  RIP
Thursday                         18th     Feria


  James Curtis  (Ints)
Friday                               19th     Feria




  Mo Regan  RIP
Saturday                           20th     Feria
  9:30am   Deceased of the Herbert Family
Sunday                              21st


                       (Saturday) ……











People of the Parish

Wellbeing of Shaun Cuthbertson

Wellbeing of Evelyn Edwards

Sr Mary Stephen  (Ints)


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